2018-2019 Catalog

Office Assistant Certificate of Completion

(45-46 credits)

Program Description

The Office Professions Department provides an option for students seeking employment in a general office position. The Office Assistant Certificate focuses on skills & knowledge needed for entry-level office employment including records management and filing, business math and calculator skills, word processing, database and spreadsheet applications, customer service skills, business writing skills, and general workplace competencies necessary for office employment. Students also complete a practicum consisting of 50 hours of experience in a local office.

Students who complete the Certificate of Completion in Office Assistant may continue for a second year to complete the Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Office Assistant Certificate will be prepared for employment in entry-level general office positions which are expected to increase in number both in Montana and nationally.

According to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, the need for Office and Administrative Support Occupations is expected to increase 20% in the next eight years. The current average salary in Montana is $32,080.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will manage records in an organization including the ability to file records alphabetically, numerically, geographically, and by subject.
  • Students will exhibit competency in basic office skills and professionalism in a practicum setting.
  • Students will demonstrate appropriate Human Relations skills in customer and co-worker interactions.
  • Students will create and maintain spreadsheets, database and word processing documents commonly used in businesses.
  • Students will staff and equip an office, along with completing a budget.
  • Students will solve business math calculations using an electronic calculator.

Curriculum

Fall First Year

CAPP100Computer Literacy

1

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

OFED106Keyboard Skill Building

1

OFED114Business Grammar & Usage

1

OFED121Human Relations

3

OFED213Records Management/Filing

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Winter First Year

CAPP140Word Processing

3

CAPP162Data Management Systems

3

ENGL101English Composition I

3

OFED113Calculator Lab

1

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

OR

OFED111Business Math

4

Total Credit Hours:14-15

Spring First Year

CAPP161Electronic Spreadsheets

3

CAPP170Electronic Presentations

2

GNSD125Job Seeking Skills

3

OFED260Office Procedures

3

OFED290Office Practicum

2

ELECTIVEOpen 3 cr

3

Total Credit Hours:16

The Office Professions Department has designated the following courses as meeting the "4 Cs Competencies" in the Office Assistant Certificate of Completion:  Communication: OFED 260 and OFED 121. Critical Thinking: OFED 213. Cultural Understanding: CAPP 140 and CAPP 170. Citizenship: OFED 121.

Total Credit Hours: 45-46


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